• For 2024 Pilgrims: €50,- donation = 1 year with no ads on the forum + 90% off any 2024 Guide. More here.
    (Discount code sent to you by Private Message after your donation)
  • ⚠️ Emergency contact in Spain - Dial 112 and AlertCops app. More on this here.

Search 69,459 Camino Questions

Semana Santa and pilgrim only albergues


Active Member
Time of past OR future Camino
VdlP, Hærvejen, Mozárabe,
Hi, I ‘ll be walking camino Mozarabe March/April 2023 and expect to be in the area of Hinojosa del Duque during Semana Santa. There is usually an albergue municipal exclusively for pilgrims in the towns of this area but can anyone advise me whether these albergues remain available for pilgrims only during this period or should I expect to have difficulty finding accommodation and therefore best to book private accommodation?
what is your experience, on this or any other camino regarding the municipal albuergues and Semana Santa?
A Treasure Trove Of Interesting Pilgrim Hacks! Learn & Share Your Own Too!
I have only ever seen municipal albergues given over to firemen on the invierno and to railway construction workers on the VDLP, but never on any camino to visiting tourists. Others might have more experience with this though..
I’ve just returned home from my Mozarabe/VdeLP Camino, I arrived at the municipal albergue at Aljucen to find that one of the dorms was being occupied by workers from a construction company, as it happens I was the only pilgrim that day so no problem.
In ‘19 I and a Spanish pilgrim arrived at Monterrubio only to find that the albergue occupied by a tour group, the Spanish guy played hell at the town hall but it seems that because it was owned by the municipality they could do what they liked with the towns property, and I guess you couldn’t argue. The point being “you never know” and generally you can’t reserve places at municiple albergue.
So my advice is if you like a degree of certainty I would be tempted to book.
Although I guess you will get reply’s from people who have been on Camino during Easter and had no problems.
The one from Galicia (the round) and the one from Castilla & Leon. Individually numbered and made by the same people that make the ones you see on your walk.
If there is an albergue in the town, I would expect it to be available during Semana Santa just as for other periods. However, some of them are small and could still fill up, and I am not certain that all of them are strictly for pilgrims.

I was passing through Cordoba on a fiesta weekend in May and there was virtually nothing available for a couple of towns around.

I would make the assumption that it could be somewhat difficult to find accommodation in any significant town on the Wed-Sun of Semana Santa. That doesn't mean it is impossible, just somewhat difficult, so you need to decide what approach you prefer!
Thank you and it is as I suspected, a bit of an unknown in advance. Perhaps I’ll take my thermarest inflatable mattress with me as a backup.
I ended up in Astorga during Semana Santa and the main municipal albergue was business as usual. I think it's highly unpredictable.
Down bag (90/10 duvet) of 700 fills with 180 g (6.34 ounces) of filling. Mummy-shaped structure, ideal when you are looking for lightness with great heating performance.


Most read last week in this forum

One of the features of the Camino Mozarabe are the apparently endless olive groves. Which some people find pretty boring. Just came across a small news item about the theft of 8 tonnes of olives...
https://www.instagram.com/karol_vloe?igsh=MXJ6d2Y0b3NkZmVwbw== Hi all, started my fourth Camino earlier this month - the Camino Mozarabe from Almería. So far this would have to be my favourite...

❓How to ask a question

How to post a new question on the Camino Forum.

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Updates on YouTube

Camino Conversations

Most downloaded Resources

This site is run by Ivar at

in Santiago de Compostela.
This site participates in the Amazon Affiliate program, designed to provide a means for Ivar to earn fees by linking to Amazon
Official Camino Passport (Credential) | 2024 Camino Guides